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  1. HWC Staff

    Fast and Furious Mix 3: Full Force!

    By Allen Voivod If there's one awesome thing we can say about the cars from the Fast and Furious franchise – and we can say a lot of awesome things about them – it's that they never do things halfway. Wherever they're going, whatever they're doing, you can bet they're doing it Full Force! Our third mix in this year's series of premium castings features the all-metal castings and Real Riders wheels you've come to expect. Two of the castings feature a die-cast chassis for the first time ever, which means you're sure to want them for your collection. But you can't get those two without getting the other three to complete your collection, right? Of course not! And besides, who are you kidding, anyway? You'll want all five of them the moment you lay eyes on them… '95 Mazda RX-7 '17 Acura NSX (New die-cast chassis!) '71 Plymouth GTX Jaguar XE SV Project 8 (New die-cast chassis!) '70 Dodge Charger R/T (Click here for more images!) 2020 Fast & Furious Mix 3 – Full Force Checklist: '70 Dodge Charger R/T '71 Plymouth GTX '95 Mazda RX-7 '17 Acura NSX (New die-cast chassis!) Jaguar XE SV Project 8 (New die-cast chassis!) Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. © Universal City Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved. Chrysler, Dodge and related logos, vehicle model names and trade dress are trademarks of FCA US LLC and used under license by Mattel, Inc. © 2020 FCA US LLC.
  2. By Allen Voivod In December 2019, we described the last premium Fast & Furious mix of that year as a high-concept idea: "What if we took some of the freewheeling cars you know from the global blockbuster franchise, looked at previous generations of those cars, and made them look like their modern-day movie counterparts?" That was how "Fast Rewind" began, and now the saga continues with this special Amazon-exclusive box set! They come on their original blister cards, which are especially notable. See how the cars are reflected in the nighttime asphalt? The reflections depict the newer generations of the cars that appeared onscreen! That artwork appears on the box cover as well, which features the Nissan Skyline HT 2000GT-X. Whether you missed them before or you're looking for more, now's your chance to get them in one convenient set! (Click here for more images!) 2020 Fast & Furious Box Set – Fast Rewind Checklist: Mazda RX-3 Nissan Fairlady Z Nissan Silvia (CSP311) Nissan Skyline HT 2000GT-X Nissan Skyline (C210) Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. © Universal City Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  3. By Allen Voivod Here we go! You can practically hear the classic soundtrack in your head right now, can't you? That's the sound of pure joy, and it goes right along with the feeling of pure joy that comes with getting your hands on these Super Mario™ themed character cars. It's our third mix of Gaming Character Cars for 2020, and even though you'll have to take your hands off the gaming controller to take control of these castings, we know you'll have tons of fun with them. You'll have to collect a few coins to get them, but we doubt you'll have to face the kinds of enemies Mario does to succeed in your quest! Mario Luigi Princess Peach Yoshi Toad Bowser Donkey Kong Bullet Bill (Click here for more images!) 2020 Gaming Character Cars Mix 3 – Super Mario™ Checklist: Bowser Bullet Bill Donkey Kong Luigi Mario Princess Peach Toad Yoshi Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. TM & © 2020 Nintendo.
  4. By Gary Barnum You’ll be seeing red if you don’t see these in your collection! These are the remaining 2020 Target-exclusive Hot Wheels Red Edition mini collection vehicles. You’ll find three of each in our mixes L and P as outlined in the Checklist below. Once you add these six red-hot editions, you should complete all 12 Red Edition releases for the year. Don’t miss them, or you’ll be … well … very disappointed. 2020 Target Red Editions Mix L ’68 Shelby GT500™ Custom Otto McLaren P1™ 2020 Target Red Editions Mix P Custom ’18 Ford Mustang GT Sandblaster ’91 Mazda MX-5 Miata (Click here for more images!) 2020 Target Red Editions Mix L Checklist: ’68 Shelby GT500™ Custom Otto McLaren P1™ 2020 Target Red Editions Mix P Checklist: ’91 Mazda MX-5 Miata Custom ’18 Ford Mustang GT Sandblaster Items and dates subject to change. Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type.
  5. HWC Staff

    HW Studio Character Cars: DC!

    By Gary Barnum With Wonder Woman 1984 set to release, Hot Wheels rolls out some new Character Car castings in this DC mix! The core trio of the Justice League™ – Superman™, Batman™, and Wonder Woman™ – all appear in this mix. Adding additional wonder are the new Golden Armor (Wonder Woman™) and The Cheetah™ (Wonder Woman™ villain) vehicles. There’s no slowing down this kind of action! Batman™ Rebirth The Joker™ Hot Rod Robin™ 2.0T Superman™ (Action feature!) WW84 The Cheetah™ (First appearance!) WW84 Golden Armor (First appearance!) WW84 Wonder Woman™ (New deco!) (Click here for more images!) HW Studio Character Cars Mix 4 – DC: Batman™ Rebirth The Joker™ Hot Rod Robin™ 2.0T Superman™ (Action feature!) WW84 The Cheetah™ (First appearance!) WW84 Golden Armor (First appearance!) WW84 Wonder Woman™ (New deco!) Items and dates subject to change. Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. WONDER WOMAN 1984 and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics & Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20) All DC characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics. (s20)
  6. By Gary Barnum From places like the Hundred Acre Wood to Wonderland, from the internet to the deep blue sea, fanciful characters from Disney and Pixar have captured our imaginations. Hot Wheels continues to honor these legendary figures with Character Cars. There are several first appearances in the last two mixes for 2020. With a twist that only Hot Wheels can provide, your favorite characters are ready to roll. One place you’re sure to find them all is in your heart! Here are the last two mixes for 2020: Cheshire Cat (First appearance!) Jack-Jack (First appearance!) Mulan (First appearance!) Sebastian (First appearance!) Tigger (First appearance!) Wreck-It Ralph (First appearance!) Mix 4: Cheshire Cat (First appearance!) Jack-Jack (First appearance!) Mulan (First appearance!) Sebastian (First appearance!) Tigger (First appearance!) Wreck-It Ralph (First appearance!) Buzz Lightyear Dory Mike Wazowski Mr. Incredible Nemo Sulley Wall-E Woody Mix 5: Buzz Lightyear Dory Mike Wazowski Mr. Incredible Nemo Sulley Wall-E Woody (Click here for more images!) Items and dates subject to change. Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. ©Disney ©Disney/Pixar
  7. HWC Staff

    Hot Wheels 2020 Entertainment Mix 2!

    By Allen Voivod You know what this is? It's entertainment, is what this is. Specifically, Hot Wheels Entertainment! Our annual series continues its tributes to the vehicular stars on screens and pages, in live action and animation. Mix 2 for 2020 draws inspiration from all across that spectrum. For your additional enjoyment, all of our premium Entertainment series castings look like they're jumping off the screen or page, as the case may be. They also feature Real Riders wheels and all-metal construction. And speaking of that all-metal construction, we're thrilled to bring the Lamborghini Aventador Coupé into this mix, because that meant we got to give it a diecast chassis for the first time! Back to the Future Time Machine (Back to the Future) Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters) Lamborghini Aventador Coupé (The Dark Knight Rises – new diecast chassis!) Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile™ (Batman™) Deadpool Chimichanga Truck (Deadpool) (Click here for more images!) 2020 Entertainment Mix 2 Checklist: Back to the Future Time Machine (Back to the Future) Deadpool Chimichanga Truck (Deadpool) Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters) Lamborghini Aventador Coupé (The Dark Knight Rises – new diecast chassis!) Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile™ (Batman™) Items and dates subject to change. Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations and wheel type. Back to the Future © Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BATMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20) Batmobile designed by George Barris. Ghostbusters © 2020 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. © 2020 MARVEL.
  8. HWC Staff

    Hot Wheels Boulevard Series Mix 3!

    By Gary Barnum Representing some of the hottest cars to rock down the street, our Hot Wheels Boulevard series consists of vehicles you wish you could get your hands on in 1:1 scale! Dream about them with the third mix of 2020. From the Hoonigan ’55 Chevy® Bel Air® Gasser to the drift champion Ford GT, each vehicle in the series features optimal classic deco, Real Riders wheels, and die-cast/die-cast construction. This series is exclusive to Walmart. ’55 Chevy® Bel Air® Gasser ’66 Pontiac® GTO® ’17 Ford GT Volkswagen “Baja Bug” 1991 Mercedes-Benz G-Class (Click here for more images!) 2020 Hot Wheels Boulevard Mix 3 Checklist: ’55 Chevy® Bel Air® Gasser ’66 Pontiac® GTO® 1991 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ’17 Ford GT Volkswagen “Baja Bug” Items and dates subject to change. Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type.
  9. By Allen Voivod Our 2020 Mainline Poster Set is the definitive guide to the hundreds of castings available in the new year. And we love making them for you! Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we're unable to print and ship them to you. We're grateful for your support and loyalty as we all navigate these challenging times. So, in place of the printed posters, we're making them all available here as FREE high-resolution PDF downloads for you. On behalf of the entire HotWheelsCollectors.com team, we wish the best for you, your family, and your community. Please collect safely! Wave 1: Featuring 10 mini collections with all castings shown (including six Treasure Hunt castings) – DOWNLOAD NOW! Wave 2: Featuring 10 mini collections with all castings listed (including eight Treasure Hunt castings) – DOWNLOAD NOW! Wave 3: Featuring 10 mini collections with all castings listed (including one Treasure Hunt casting) – DOWNLOAD NOW! Wave 4: Featuring all 30 mini collections and all Treasure Hunt castings – DOWNLOAD NOW! Download My Wave 1 Poster! Download My Wave 2 Poster! Download My Wave 3 Poster! Download My Wave 4 Poster!
  10. By Gary Barnum We know you want to get all of the Hot Wheels premium retail series releases from 2020. Just in case you missed them, we’re loading the following into the Shop here on HotWheelsCollectors.com! 2020 HOT WHEELS BOULEVARD MIX 2 Cars you wish you could drive. Executions you love to see. Collectibles you can only get from Hot Wheels! The Hot Wheels Boulevard series cruises with its second mix of 2020. In this mix, you may notice the Silvia (S15) appears on two different blister cards: one features the Formula Drift logo just like the car itself! Each vehicle in the series features optimal classic deco, Real Riders wheels, and die-cast/die-cast construction. This special pack includes ten (10) vehicles as follows: 2018 COPO Camaro® SS™ (x2) Custom ’62 Chevy® Pickup (x2) Koenigsegg Agera R (x2) Nissan Silvia (S15) (x1) Nissan Silvia (S15) ("Formula Drift" variant package) (x1) Porsche 356 Outlaw (x2) 2020 HOT WHEELS BOULEVARD MIX 3 Representing some of the hottest cars to rock down the street, our Hot Wheels Boulevard series consists of vehicles you wish you could get your hands on in 1:1 scale! Dream about them with the third mix of 2020. From the Hoonigan ’55 Chevy® Bel Air® Gasser to the drift champion Ford GT, each vehicle in the series features optimal classic deco, Real Riders wheels, and die-cast/die-cast construction. This special pack includes ten (10) vehicles as follows: ’55 Chevy® Bel Air® Gasser (x2) ’66 Pontiac® GTO® (x2) 1991 Mercedes-Benz G-Class (x2) ’17 Ford GT (x2) Volkswagen “Baja Bug” (x2) 2020 HOT WHEELS TEAM TRANSPORT MIX 3 The second Team Transport mix for 2020 carries on with remarkable racers from across the decades, and the haulers that love them – including speedsters from as early as the 1960s and as recent as the 2016 Ford GT Race! As with previous entries in these perfectly paired mixes, the cars and their transporters feature coordinated decos and premium detailing, with all-metal castings and Real Riders wheels. This special pack includes one (1) of each of the following: ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 / Retro Rig 2016 Ford GT Race / Ford C-800 Mercedes Benz 300SL / Euro Hauler (New casting!) Volkswagen "Classic Bug" / Volkswagen Transporter T1 Pickup So scoot on over to the Shop for pricing and availability, and purchase your cases! Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type.
  11. By Allen Voivod Last year, the "Desert Rally" mix from our Car Culture series went off the beaten path and found all kinds of new excitement. For our 2020 Car Culture series, we thought a sequel might do well with a little support for all those racers on the roads less traveled. So our third mix, "Wild Terrain," puts some emergency services onto the trails! All five entries in Mix 3 feature authentic deco and details, all-metal castings, and Real Riders wheels. We're also bringing something fresh to the scene with a new casting, the Porsche 959. No matter where you're headed, these castings will keep it wild and come to the rescue when you need it! '88 Mercedes Unimog 1300 '85 Ford Bronco '67 Off Road Camaro® Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top Porsche 959 (New casting!) (Click here for more images!) 2020 Car Culture Mix 3 – Wild Terrain Checklist: '67 Off Road Camaro® '85 Ford Bronco '88 Mercedes Unimog 1300 Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top Porsche 959 (New casting!) Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type.
  12. By Gary Barnum Nothing says “Hot Wheels collecting” quite like Super Treasure Hunts. If you’ve come up empty on your hunt, here’s one last chance to get the 2019 Super Treasure Hunt set. SOLD OUT A cornerstone of the hobby since they were introduced in 1995, Treasure Hunts have become a driving passion for collectors. And with Super Treasure Hunts, the stakes are only higher. These 15 thrilling editions are always hard to find, but here they are in one place. Bring home a set if you can! Each set contains one each of the following 2019 Super Treasure Hunt editions: ’68 Mercury Cougar ’69 Corvette® Racer ’90 Honda Civic EF ’92 Ford Mustang ’18 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Back to the Future Time Machine - Hover Mode Corvette® Grand Sport Roadster Lamborghini Aventador J Mazda REPU Morris Mini Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) Porsche 911 GT3 RS Street Creeper Tesla Model S Volkswagen T2 Pickup Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations and wheel type. Packaging: Each car is on a blister card, divided into two display cases within a decorative outer box Each set features an individually numbered sticker (xxx/1,300) Availability: Available Only to RLC Members (until item is sold out): 3/17/20 at 9 a.m. PT Pricing and Purchase Limits: Priced at $199.99 plus shipping and processing each; this item will include a $13.99 surcharge for U.S. shipping; extra charges may apply for express shipping or special handling (customers shipping to Canada may be required to pay additional shipping charges or taxes) NOTE: You MUST be a 2020 RLC member to purchase the 2019 Super T-Hunt set (you can't purchase the set if you were a 2019 member and aren't a 2020 member). Also, if you purchased one at the original sale, you won't be able to purchase another at this time. We do offer international shipping to other countries – please see shipping costs and details here (international shipping availability subject to change) Limit of ONE (1) per RLC Membership (if quantities remain, limits may be increased or lifted at our sole discretion) Refunds only, no exchanges © Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  13. HWC Staff

    Hot Wheels 2020 Team Transport Mix 2!

    By Allen Voivod Team Transport carries on for 2020! The first mix for 2020 featured remarkable racers from across the decades, and the haulers that love them. For Mix 2, we've expanded the range, including speedsters from as early as the 1960s and as recent as the 2016 Ford GT Race, seen in this livery just last year! As with previous entries in these perfectly paired mixes, the cars and their transporters feature coordinated decos and premium detailing, with all-metal castings and Real Riders wheels. And we're thrilled to introduce you to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and the Euro Hauler, both of which are new castings! '69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 / Retro Rig 2016 Ford GT Race / Ford C-800 Mercedes-Benz 300SL / Euro Hauler (New castings!) Volkswagen "Classic Bug" / Volkswagen Transporter T1 Pickup (Click here for more images!) 2020 Team Transport Mix 2 Checklist: '69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 / Retro Rig 2016 Ford GT Race / Ford C-800 Mercedes-Benz 300SL / Euro Hauler (New castings!) Volkswagen "Classic Bug" / Volkswagen Transporter T1 Pickup Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type.
  14. By Allen Voivod If you've ever played any iteration of the fantastic Mario Kart™ racing games, you know that each race features multiple laps around the track. Well, we're about to start our second "lap," so to speak, with our Mario Kart™ Item Boxes! Series 2 of our new blind box series (exclusively for Walmart) brings back a few favorites from Series 1, and also adds a few more surprises to the race. You'll have the opportunity to collect seven items you might see in the game, including the coveted Mushroom Cup Trophy! The other six items in this mix are each mounted on their own mini karts, with the Mario Kart™ logo in front, and a Hot Wheels logo in back. Also new to the blind boxes this time are Boo, Cow, and the Red Shell. Which ones will you get – and will you get them all? Note: Some of these items will be gone faster than others! Not all are produced in the same quantities — we just can’t tell you which ones… Bob-omb Boo (New casting!) Bullet Bill Monty Mole Cow (New casting!) Red Shell (New casting!) Mushroom Cup Trophy (New casting!) (Click here for more images!) 2020 Mario Kart™ Item Boxes Mix 2: Bob-omb Boo (New casting!) Bullet Bill Monty Mole Cow (New casting!) Mushroom Cup Trophy (New casting!) Red Shell (New casting!) Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. TM & © 2020 Nintendo.
  15. By Allen Voivod San Diego Comic-Con is happening virtually this year, and you can pre-order the Marvel Truck with Hulk and Rocket created to celebrate the excitement of this annual event – at Mattel Creations, starting on 7/23/20! (Follow us: @mattelcreations on Instagram for access to all Comic-Con drops.) The scoop about pre-ordering is below, but first, get the details and see the photos of this convention edition collectible from Mattel… Hot Wheels® Marvel Land Rover Defender 110 Pickup Truck with Hulk and Rocket Pre-Order Details! – $25 As the Avengers work to reverse the devastation caused by Thanos, Rocket and Hulk embark to recruit a more shapely Thor. Hitching a ride in the back of a Land Rover Defender 110 Pickup Truck, these two superheroes enjoy the scenic views before coming back to reality and battle to make the world right again. In past years, you had to be an SDCC ticket holder in order to be eligible to order and receive this item. However, for all 2020 SDCC items, that requirement has been removed. So mark your calendar for 7/23/20 at 9:00 a.m. PT, and get this remarkable collectible! Please note: Purchase limits may apply, and limits may differ per SDCC item and per customer. Pre-sale order shipping available in all locations serviced by Mattel Creations. Orders made by the same customer in excess of the limit will not be honored. Discounts, offers, and promotions cannot be applied to San Diego Comic-Con items. Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. © 2020 MARVEL.
  16. BIGBADBRAD01

    Custom Otto Is Back by Collector Request!

    By Brad Bannach The “Lost Redline” has found its way back (again). Originally created by Hot Wheels artist Otto Kuhni for use on the original Hot Wheels packaging in 1968, this redline-era car was never meant to join the Original 16. Rather, its all-encompassing design took many styling cues from the muscle cars of the era and served as the backing for the first Hot Wheels vehicles. In 1993, the car’s role as nostalgic packaging superstar was reprised as it was brought back to grace the blister cards in the Hot Wheels Vintage line as part of the 25th Anniversary. The fate of this “Lost Redline” changed in 2008 when -- in honor of the 40th Anniversary -- this design was cast as an actual Hot Wheels vehicle. It was dubbed the “Custom Otto.” The “Custom” portion of the name was reminiscent of the original naming for the custom cars in the Original 16, and the “Otto” portion was in honor of the car’s original creator, who also had a reprised role of sorts. In the early days of HotWheelsCollectors.com, Otto came out of retirement to create much of the art that was featured on the posters, HWC master sets, and even the packaging for the sELECTIONs vehicles. Otto would go on to attend several conventions, signing autographs and letting collectors know that he was thrilled to have his illustration become a Hot Wheels car. The Custom Otto has had a very unconventional run as a Hot Wheels vehicle. Of the 14 total variants, 13 were released in 2008 -- including a very special one-off release that was cast in 18-karat white gold and encrusted with more than 2,700 diamonds. Four years later, the Custom Otto was last released was in Spectraflame bright orange as part of the HWC Series 11 Neo-Classics. The casting was then unofficially retired. Over the last eight years, Hot Wheels has put out several surveys asking for collector input. Collectors just like you have repeatedly asked for the return of the Custom Otto -- oftentimes, even insisting that the Mainline was a great place for it. The good news for those collectors is: They listened! Due to your persistent requests, the Custom Otto has been tooled for Mainline use and will start appearing in the 2020 Hot Wheels Mainline starting in Mix J, in the Muscle Mania mini collection. Due to requirements for all new castings in the Mainline, the hood has been sealed shut, but they did manage to keep that original metal body. The Custom Otto will appear in three different colors for 2020 -- including one that will be a Target-exclusive Red Edition. Also, they know that some of you enjoy racing your Hot Wheels cars. The good news now is that you can leave those collectible Custom Ottos on display -- or even race them, too -- as they have new releases coming your way that you can take to the track. Otto Kuhni, unfortunately, passed away in 2017. Collectors these days celebrate his legacy, as his artwork has touched millions of people over the last 52 years, and even inspired a few Hot Wheels designers. His Custom Otto lives on so a new generation of collectors can embrace this timeless design. Thanks go to you, the collector, for consistent reminders that designs like this make up Hot Wheels lore. Custom Otto Checklist 2008 - Spectraflame Red - New York Toy Fair 2008 - Spectraflame Green - New York Toy Fair 2008 - Diamond-encrusted, White Gold - 40th Anniversary Celebration 2008 - Spectraflame Otto Blue - HWC Exclusive 2008 - Spectraflame Pink - HWC Exclusive 2008 - Chrome - 40th Anniversary Road Trip (El Segundo stop) 2008 - Red/White - 40th Anniversary Road Trip (Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, UT stop) 2008 - Spectraflame Brown - 40th Anniversary Road Trip (Speed, KS stop) 2008 - Metalflake Blue - 40th Anniversary Road Trip (Indianapolis stop) 2008 - Spectraflame Black - 40th Anniversary Road Trip (Detroit stop) 2008 - White - 40th Anniversary Road Trip (Watkins Glen stop) 2008 - Spectraflame Gold - 22nd Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention (Otto Kuhni Dinner) 2008 - Spectraflame Pink - Employee Exclusive 2012 - Spectraflame Bright Orange - HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 11 / Neo-Classics 2020 - Metalflake Purple - Muscle Mania 2020 – Micro Intense Blue - Muscle Mania 2020 – Micro Apple Red – Target Red Edition
  17. By Brad Bannach Hot Wheels releases dozens of New Models every year. In 2020, there are over 50 being introduced in the mainline alone. Have you ever wondered what the story is behind them? Why the licensed models were chosen? How the designers came up with the Hot Wheels original designs? Let’s take a look at the latest creations to come out of El Segundo, and see what the designers who designed them have to say. Big-Air™ Bel-Air™ Hot Wheels Designer: Brendon Vetuskey First Appearance: 2020 Hot Wheels mainline, Mix K Mini Collection: Rod Squad The Big-Air™ Bel-Air™ is a throwback in all sorts of ways. First, that name. It's a throwback to when Hot Wheels were named – not only based on the model of car, but also their presence. This Baja-racing Bel Air is designed to catch some major air as the Baja 5-spoke wheels are orange track compatible. Hot Wheels designer Brendon Vetuskey reimagined the original Hot Wheels ‘56 Chevy® casting design when he pulled inspiration from modern throwback trends for this Baja-racing beast. What makes this brand-new casting super cool is that Brendon decided to forego the standard window piece that most Hot Wheels basics have in favor of an additional “interior” piece that allows for some great color breaks in the casting. Doing this made the exposed shocks, roll cage, light bars, and fuel tank protruding from the casting’s body possible. It's details like these that are going to make this casting a collector favorite in the years to come. Will it rival the ‘55 Chevy® Bel-Air® Gasser in terms of popularity? Those are big shoes to fill, but this is another design by Brendon that seems destined for stardom, as collectors will certainly be giving him another "Tri-Five Hi-Five" at the next convention. While you’re at it, you might as well give his wife, Coco, one, too. She's listed as the “driver” of the Big-Air™ Bel-Air™, as her name is tampo-printed on the roof in white. Brendon’s name is in the co-pilot spot on the passenger side. To further emphasize that Baja racing is definitely a team sport – and a “marriage” of ideas – their anniversary date (July 18th) is on the side as this car’s official number (718). Erikenstein Rod Hot Wheels Designer: Eric Han First Appearance: 2020 Hot Wheels mainline, Mix J Mini Collection: HW Hot Trucks As the name implies, this rat rod is a melting pot of ideas, “frankenstein’d” by designer Eric Han. He is a huge fan of the Hot Wheels (2019 New Models) design, the Mod Rod. When its designer, Hot Wheels Design Manager Dima Shakhmatov, approached Eric to do another rat rod design for a “family of rats,” he jumped at the idea of designing a unique vehicle. Eric’s love of rat rods extends back to his days in Detroit. In his spare time he watches the TV show Roadkill, which can be found on MotorTrend's streaming service. Earlier this year, we offered a subscription to that service along with a two-car set inspired by a Roadkill project, and Eric went into his design with the Roadkill mentality, that this could literally be anything. Since Eric wanted to make the design something he would actually love to drive, he made a “to-do list” much like you would for an actual 1:1 build. He began to research ‘50s and ‘60s trucks, and immediately knew that the vehicle had to have a super-wide front with bulging fenders. Being from Detroit, Eric said this design had to have a “Detroit drop,” which is essentially the slamming of a 2WD pickup. In addition, the truck couldn’t have a hood, as he wanted to have a specific supercharger on a big blown engine. Eric made sure wheels on the Erikenstein Rod were designed to be the max width a Hot Wheels basic car would allow, while also incorporating a rear-mounted radiator, some nitrous, and a rat – all things to look for in this design! Eric spends the majority of his time designing track and playsets, but when he got his opportunity to design something that didn’t need to be track compatible, he personified his inner spirit by caging the beast known as Erikenstein – a name given to this creation by fellow designer Ryu Asada. This first thing Eric did when he received his first sample? He shot it through a slam launcher and a booster, likening the experience to that of a cannonball. The Erikenstein Rod is the second of three cars in the “family of rats” mentioned earlier. The third is yet to come, but as it stands, this rat pack – which also includes the Mod Rod – is going to be highly collectible, with an ultra-cool, matching matte steel blue and gold motif. Grand Cross Designer: Lindsey Lee First Appearance: 2020 Hot Wheels mainline, Mix K Mini Collection: HW Race Team The brand-new Hot Wheels Grand Cross is a design that Lindsey Lee holds close to her heart, as it was a design that could be traced back to her college days. She actually designed the basis for the Grand Cross as part of her personal thesis project, giving it a name that meant “Little Fiery One.” While meeting with her design manager, fellow Hot Wheels designer Dima Shakhmatov, Dima suggested Lindsey’s Crossover Utility Vehicle be reworked for its inclusion into a specific category the design team had been looking to fill. Lindsey made some updates to her original design that represented “femininity and fire,” and the end result is what we now know as the Grand Cross – a grand touring, crossover utility vehicle. Lindsey is extremely excited to see what the Hot Wheels Graphics Team does with her design in the years to come, while her original 1:5 scale model of the “Little Fiery One” currently is on display in her home. ‘91 GMC Syclone Hot Wheels Designer: Brendon Vetuskey First Appearance: 2020 Hot Wheels Mainline, Mix H Mini Collection: HW Hot Trucks Hot Wheels has always had a deep appreciation for custom cars – and trucks for that matter. That’s why, when you see the release of a stock model, it’s usually because that car is already pretty “syck.” Enter the Hot Wheels ‘91 GMC Syclone. Based off the 1:1 of the same name, the Syclone was the high-performance version of the GMC S15/Sonoma. The first Hot Wheels release comes in the same standard black all 2,995 1:1 Syclones were painted in 1991, and the Hot Wheels RA6 wheels were used to mimic the original pattern of the Syclone’s alloy wheels. Party Wagon Hot Wheels Designer: Manson Cheung First Appearance: 2020 Hot Wheels mainline, Mix H Mini Collection: HW Screen Time Thirty-three years after its debut in the animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the iconic Party Wagon finally becomes a Hot Wheels vehicle. This pizza-slingin’, mobile party machine is a must-have for any fans of the original TMNT series, as it was the Turtles’ crime-fighting vehicle of choice for much of the 10 seasons the show was on the air. It was always a popular choice of ‘80s/’90s pop culture fanatics to make into a Hot Wheels vehicle. Thankfully, collectors first got their wish fulfilled at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Hot Wheels designer Chris Colangelo, is a long-time fan of TMNT – since the start of the comic book days, long ago – and it was his idea to make the TMNT Party Wagon for SDCC. The 2019 SDCC release is very different from the Party Wagon that is now appearing in the 2020 HW Screen Time mini collection. With opening and moving features AND all four Turtles sculpted into it, the SDCC release will pretty much be a special one-off. The level of complexity, along with the size, made it impractical for standard retail lines – despite the original plan to remove the figures and seal the door. So, Hot Wheels designer/sculptor Manson Cheung designed this new tool to fit the requirements needed for it to be part of the basic range. So, while the SDCC piece certainly has an absurd amount of detail, it's this mainline release that has a ton of play value – and you don’t need to attend a special event to get one. Manson has long frequented the forums here on HWC so it should come as no surprise that his favorite Turtle is Michaelangelo. Mikey was the cool, goofy jokester that loved pizza – so it's clear Manson sees a little of himself in his favorite Turtle. The Party Wagon is the latest casting in Manson’s portfolio of epic vehicle designs from your favorite TV shows and movies. Which of these are your favorites from 2020 so far? Let us know in the comments! Items and dates subject to change. Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations and wheel type. 2020 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
  18. 2020 SDCC is SOLD OUT By Allen Voivod The 2020 San Diego Comic-Con won't happen in person this year, but you can still pre-order your choice of these different convention collectibles at Mattel Creations, starting on 7/23/20! (Follow us: @mattelcreations on Instagram for access to all Comic-Con drops.) The details about pre-ordering are below, but first, check out the Hot Wheels items you can score from Mattel! Hot Wheels® Marvel Land Rover Defender 110 Pickup Truck with Hulk and Rocket Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ 40th Anniversary X-wing Fighter (Dagobah™) Additionally, you'll be able to pre-order these other SDCC convention collectibles from Mattel Creations: Jurassic Park Barbasol Dennis Nedry MEGA + Halo Master Chief Collection Pixar Alien Remix Pizza Planet Delivery Driver WWE® Mr. T™ Elite Collection Action Figure In past years, you had to be an SDCC ticket holder in order to be eligible to order and receive any of these items. However, for the 2020 SDCC items, that requirement has been removed. So mark your calendar for 7/23/20 at 9:00 a.m. PT, and get these remarkable collectibles! Please note: Purchase limits may apply, and limits may differ per item and per customer. Pre-sale order shipping available in all locations serviced by Mattel Creations. Orders made by the same customer in excess of the limit will not be honored. Discounts, offers, and promotions cannot be applied to San Diego Comic-Con items.
  19. By Allen Voivod For our third mix of Studio Character Cars in 2020, we're heading to a galaxy far, far away! Star Wars™ inspires us with timeless tales, epic special effects, and iconic characters. Here, that inspiration is translated into eight unique designs inspired by some of the franchise's most memorable main and supporting players. If you missed out on some of these castings the last time around – especially the ones with action features, like Darth Vader™ and Chewbacca™ – now's your chance, go get 'em! This mix also features the first appearances of vehicles influenced by Rebel Alliance and Resistance hero Nien Nunb™ and the Heavy Infantry Mandalorian™ inspired by the character Paz Vizla™ from the hit series The Mandalorian™. BB-8™ Chewbacca™ (with moving bowcaster action feature!) Darth Vader™ (with swing-out lightsaber action feature!) First Order Stormtrooper™ Heavy Infantry Mandalorian™ (New casting!) The Mandalorian™ Nien Nunb™ (New casting!) Rey™ (Click here for more images!) 2020 Studio Character Cars Mix 3 – Star Wars™ Checklist: BB-8™ Chewbacca™ (with moving bowcaster action feature!) Darth Vader™ (with swing-out lightsaber action feature!) First Order Stormtrooper™ Heavy Infantry Mandalorian™ (New casting!) The Mandalorian™ Nien Nunb™ (New casting!) Rey™ Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
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    Fast & Furious Amazon Box Set!

    By Allen Voivod Last year, we took the standard we set for our premium Car Culture series, and applied it to cars from the adrenaline-infused Fast & Furious franchise! They all featured super detailed deco, all-metal castings, and Real Riders wheels. The blister card art was pretty impressive, too. The first mix to debut was "Fast Imports," which collected five of the fiercest speedsters from four different movies. Now, we've collected all five into an exclusive Amazon box set! They come on their original blister cards, and though all five are depicted on the sides of the box, the Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34) takes the prize as our cover model. If you missed them before, now's your chance to get them in one fell swoop! Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34) (2 Fast 2 Furious) Nissan Silvia (S15) (The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift) 1970 Ford Escort RS 1600 (Fast & Furious 6) Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera (Fast & Furious 6) Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32) (Furious 7) 2020 Fast & Furious Box Set – Fast Imports Checklist: 1970 Ford Escort RS 1600 (Fast & Furious 6) Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera (Fast & Furious 6) Nissan Silvia (S15) (The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift) Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32) (Furious 7) Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34) (2 Fast 2 Furious) Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. © Universal City Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  21. By Allen Voivod Comic-Con@Home is arriving soon! You can pre-order this Star Wars™ Hot Wheels collectible online at Mattel Creations, starting on 7/23/20! (Follow us: @mattelcreations on Instagram for access to all Comic-Con drops.) The scoop about pre-ordering is below, but first, get the details and see the photos of this convention edition collectible from Mattel… Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ 40th Anniversary X-Wing Fighter (Dagobah™) – $25 Luke Skywalker™ is marooned after crash-landing in a swamp on Dagobah™. He came in search of a legendary Jedi Master. Upon their first meeting, Yoda™ did not reveal that he was indeed the Jedi Master Luke was seeking. Instead, he tried to get a sense of who Luke was as a person, and found that the young Rebel was impatient and angry. Yoda™ agreed to instruct Luke, teaching him to be calm and developing his Jedi abilities. Yet the student was still reckless. He left Dagobah™ – without completing his training. Hot Wheels is giving homage to the cinematic masterpiece with this authentic highly-detailed die-cast starship. Re-create this iconic scene with a lever on the side of the packaging that lets you lift the X-wing Fighter™ out of the Dagobah™ swamp! In past years, you had to be an SDCC ticket holder in order to be eligible to order and receive this item. However, for all 2020 SDCC items, that requirement has been removed. So mark your calendar for 7/23/20 at 9:00 a.m. PT, and get this remarkable collectible! Please note: Purchase limits may apply, and limits may differ per SDCC item and per customer. Order shipping available in all locations serviced by Mattel Creations. Orders made by the same customer in excess of the limit will not be honored. Discounts, offers, and promotions cannot be applied to San Diego Comic-Con items. Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
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    Hot Wheels Kar Keepers and Track

    By Gary Barnum Because you demanded it! What’s the way to keep your collection in pristine shape when you want to keep them on the blister cards? Our Kar Keepers clamshell cases, of course! Plus, in this kit we've included a length of exclusive Hot Wheels Collectors Track with two connectors! These Kar Keepers are your best bets to avoid bent corners, scratching, ripping, and warping of our standard sized blister cards. Those things are works of art, so you want to protect them, right? The kit includes 10 Kar Keepers. And what’s more fun than hitting the track with the cars you do open? Slip this length of logo-emblazoned track into your next configuration to proudly show off your status as a Hot Wheels collector! The contains one length of track and two connectors. BUY NOW Availability: Anyone (until sold out) Pricing and Purchase Limits: Priced at $14.99 plus shipping and processing each; extra charges may apply for express shipping or special handling (customers shipping to Canada may be required to pay additional shipping charges or taxes) We do offer international shipping to other countries – please see shipping costs and details here (international shipping availability subject to change) No purchase limits Refunds only, no exchanges Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type.
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    2020 Flying Customs Mix 2 at Target

    By Gary Barnum Sometimes what was old becomes new again! A sweet old-school styling makes these Hot Wheels editions stand out in the world of today. Our 2020 Flying Customs mix 2 releases are exclusive to Target stores. Leaning into a retro deco, these eight castings burst onto the modern scene. We know you won’t overlook the slick representational illustration specific to each vehicle on the blister cards. Don’t let them slip into your past! ’67 Chevy® C10 ’70 Ford Torino ’96 Nissan 180SX Type X 2015 Ford Mustang GT Blvd. Bruiser Custom V-8 Vega Mini Cooper S Challenge Volkswagen Caddy Target Flying Customs Mix 2 Checklist ’67 Chevy® C10 ’70 Ford Torino ’96 Nissan 180SX Type X 2015 Ford Mustang GT Blvd. Bruiser Custom V-8 Vega Mini Cooper S Challenge Volkswagen Caddy _____________________________________________ Target Flying Customs Mix 1 Checklist (RELEASED EARLIER) ’57 T-Bird ’68 Nova™ ’71 Datsun 510 ’13 COPO Camaro® Audacious Custom ’69 Volkswagen Squareback Custom ’72 Chevy® LUV™ Nissan Skyline RS (KDR30) The MINI logo and the MINI wordmark are trademarks of BMW AG and are used under License. Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type.
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    Hot Wheels 2020 5-Packs Part 2

    By Gary Barnum Looking for a way to fill out your collection a little faster? Hot Wheels 5-packs serve up a handful of fun all in one go. Each 5-pack features an exciting theme with appropriate and colorful decorations. Bulk up! There are 17 fantastic 5-packs for 2020. Following are the last nine themes and the vehicles you'll find in each. Street Beasts: Arachnorod Piranha Terror Eevil Weevil Skull Crusher Buzz Bomb Nightburnerz: Renault Sport R.S. 01 Dodge Challenger Drift Car Ford Focus RS Track Manga Custom ’12 Ford Mustang X-Raycers: X-Steam Crescendo Rising Heat Dirty Outlaw Salt Shaker HW Flames: Pass'n Gasser ’71 El Camino™ ’70 Plymouth Superbird ’71 Maverick Grabber ’70 Road Runner HW Rescue: Rogue Hog Speed Trap Rescue Duty Nitro Tailgater 5 Alarm Lamborghini: Lamborghini Veneno Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo Murciélago SV Aventador J Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera HW City Vs. Robo Beasts: Blitzspeeder Duel Fueler Symbolic HW Pursuit Voltage Spike Action: Chicane High Voltage Fast Fish Carbonic Wattzup HW Glow Wheels: Street Shaker Dune-A-Soar Aristo Rat Maximum Leeway Gazella R Items and dates subject to change. Production cars may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, MOPAR, Plymouth, RAM, SRT, HEMI and related logos, vehicle model names and trade dress are trademarks of FCA US LLC and used under license by Mattel, Inc. © 2020 FCA US LLC.
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    Mario Kart Item Boxes at Walmart!

    By Allen Voivod If you've ever played any iteration of the fantastic Mario Kart™ racing games, you're familiar with the item boxes – in-game objects you can pick up and use to defend your kart and to attack the karts of other racers. Well, that inspired us to create our new blind box series exclusively for Walmart! The first mix of Mario Kart™ Item Boxes features seven items you might see in the game, including the coveted Shell Trophy! The other six items in this mix are each mounted on their own little karts, with the Mario Kart™ logo in front, and a Hot Wheels logo on the back. Which ones will you get? We'll keep our hands on the racing controller while we cross our fingers in hopes that you can collect them all. Note: Some of these items will be gone faster than others! Not all are produced in the same quantities — we just can’t tell you which ones… Banana (New casting!) Bob-omb (New casting!) Bullet Bill (New casting!) Goomba (New casting!) Green Shell (New casting!) Monty Mole (New casting!) Shell Trophy (New casting!) (Click here for more images!) 2020 Mario Kart™ Item Boxes Mix 1: Banana (New casting!) Bob-omb (New casting!) Bullet Bill (New casting!) Goomba (New casting!) Green Shell (New casting!) Monty Mole (New casting!) Shell Trophy (New casting!) Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. TM & © 2020 Nintendo.
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